Bill Gates is scared of robots, Facebook goes all-in for Super Bowl XLIX, Spotify comes to PlayStation, GoPro goes slow-mo, Louis CK loves the Internet, and a mind-blowing Unreal Engine 4 demo.
Bill Gates Foresees The Matrix Happening
Bill Gates is worried about artificial intelligence, repeating fears previously expressed by both Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. The Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, and billionaire expressed his opinion on AI in a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).
Gates said, “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First, the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that, though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern.” Thus Gates predicted a future already seen in countless movies, most notably The Matrix.
After stepping down as Chairman of Microsoft, Gates took on the role of Technology Advisor. And he revealed during the AMA one of the things he is currently working on, saying, “One project I am working on with Microsoft is the Personal Agent which will remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to. The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model. The agent will help solve this. It will work across all your devices.”
Gates was also asked what he thought of Microsoft’s recent innovations, to which he replied, “The Hololens is pretty amazing. Microsoft has put a lot into the chips and the software. It is the start of virtual reality. Making the device so you don’t get dizzy or nauseous is really hard. The speed of the alignment has to be super fast. It will take a few years of software applications being built to realize the full promise of this.”
Bill Gates hasn’t always endeared himself to the public, but in recent years the proto-geek has shown his softer side. He always comes across as refreshingly honest too, just as he has here with his comments on AI, the Personal Agent, and HoloLens. Which likely means he’ll be first against the wall when the machines eventually take over.
Facebook Launches Super Bowl Experience
Facebook has launched the Super Bowl Experience just in time for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday (Feb. 1). The Super Bowl Experience on Facebook, located at facebook.com/superbowl, focuses the whole Facebook experience on the Super Bowl before, during, and after the game.
The Super Bowl Experience features posts about the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, real-time reactions to events on the pitch, play-by-play updates, and media content from news outlets covering the game. All of which saves you from ever leaving Facebook. Which is the idea.
Sony Brings Spotify to PlayStation
Sony is shuttering its Music Unlimited streaming service, and replacing it with PlayStation Music. However, rather than being a like-for-like change in name only, Sony is now outsourcing its music streaming offering to Spotify, which will solely power PlayStation Music.
Music Unlimited, which struggled to compete with the big boys of the music streaming world, will disappear on March 29, 2015. PlayStation Music, as powered by Spotify, will then replace it, with both the free (supported by ads) and premium offerings making the transition.
Existing Spotify users will be able to link their Spotify account with their PlayStation Network account. PlayStation Music will be available on PS4, PS3, and Xperia smartphones and tablets. As an added bonus, PS4 owners will be able to listen to PlayStation Music in the background while playing games.
GoPro’s Slow-Motion HD Revealed
GoPro has released a video teasing the slow-motion HD video capabilities coming to the Hero4 camera via a future firmware update. The video comes courtesy of Gizmodo, which was lucky enough to be given an exclusive first look at the update.
We get to see GoPro footage from the Winter X Games shot in 720p HD at 240 frames-per-second which is then slowed down to 24fps to give it that epic cinematic quality. The update, which brings a host of other improvements with it, is due to be issued sometime in February.
Louis CK Releases Comedy Special Online
Controversial comedian Louis CK has released another comedy special online, cutting out the middleman and delivering his jokes directly to his fans. Louis CK: Live At The Comedy Store, CK’s first nightclub special, is available to stream online in 1080p or as a DRM-free download, and is priced at just $5.
Is This the Future of Game Graphics?
And finally, the video above may look like a tour of a real Parisian apartment, but everything you can see was actually created using a computer. This could, therefore, represent the future of video game graphics.
This demo, which shows someone walking around a contemporary home, was created using Unreal Engine 4. The man responsible is Benoît Dereau, who designed levels for the popular Bethesda action-adventure game Dishonored.
Mind blown. And not only because I want to live in this apartment.
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